Everywhere we look today, we see fundamental changes in how things are designed and made. Across the world and the world’s industries, things have evolved as new technologies are transforming the way people create products, buildings, infrastructure, stories and more. To help Australian manufacturers continue to recognise and take advantage of growth opportunities, organisers at National Manufacturing Week have pulled together a series of sessions looking at key emerging global market opportunities. These include:

Keynote Address: Scaling up Australian manufacturing – what will it take? 9 May 2017, 10.40-11.15am, Industry 4.0 Theatre

How can we increase the scale of production and penetration of Australian manufactured products? Led by John Pollaers, this session will explore key characteristics of successful prime and SME manufacturers, emerging market opportunities, workforce development needs and recommended government actions to grow the scale of Australian manufacturing, including a developing and maintaining a strong focus on connecting to R&D and innovation know how – scientists, engineers and other idea generating staff and partners.

Mass customisation – balancing customer centric products with high production efficiency at Tinyme, 9 May 2017, 2.50-3.25pm

Tinyme is one of Australia’s leading online brands making personalised products for children. Hear Tinyme Director of Operational Development Nick McLennan discuss how they have rapidly grown to supply a global market from its manufacturing facility in Melbourne, through the use of advanced manufacturing techniques and digital technologies. His presentation will also touch on the key elements of being a globally-competitive manufacturer based in Australia.

Mass Customisation, how does it work? 9 May 2017, 3.30-4.05pm

A perennial issue Australian manufacturing has been dealing with for decades is how to be sustainable and competitive in a high cost labour market? Mass customisation is a growing global trend in manufacturing, balancing highly customer centric products with the efficiency and unit cost benefits of mass production, and is emerging as an opportunity for agile manufacturers to move up the value chain and achieve competitive advantage. Visionflex Chief Technical Officer Andrew Kleinert will introduce this trend, providing his take having worked across medical devices, energy management, consumer electronics, test measurement and communications.

In addition to speakers, more than 230 exhibitors will also be presenting at National Manufacturing Week, grouped into eleven Specialist Zones. These are Advanced Materials, Air Technology, Automation and Robotics, Digital Manufacturing, Electrical, Engineering, Process Control and Instrumentation, Research and Development, Safety, Supply Chain Logistics and Welding Technology.  

National Manufacturing Week is co-located with Austech, the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo and the Safety First Conference & Expo. Austech is the only show specifically targeted at the metalworking, machine tool and ancillary market held in Australia. Austech covers the key areas of machine tool and sheet metal working including CNC machining centres, turning machines, sheet metal, special purpose machines, laser equipment, ancillary equipment, digital and additive manufacturing as well as the Manufactures Pavilion.

For more information about the National Manufacturing Conference and Exhibition, or to register for the 2017 event, please visit



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